The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful – Nancy Tupper Ling, illustrated by Andrea Offerman

  The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful – Nancy Tupper Ling, illustrated by Andrea Offerman, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, (9780399171154), 2018

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book? This is an empowering tale of twin sisters who use their different strengths to save their village from a dragon.  On the day Mei and Wei are born, a dragon named Frightful decides to land on the bridge that connects their town to the marketplace.  “When their wise auntie peered into their crib, baby Wei opened her eyes and raised her fist. Baby Mei, closed her eyes and sucked her thumb.”  Their aunt tells them that they are yin and yang and together they will one day fight the dragon. Wei is fierce and eager to fight the dragon as soon as she turns 5, but it is quiet Mei who comes to her rescue time after time.  Although Mei feels nervous about facing the dragon: “Still, they were sisters. They stuck together.” In the end the two do finally get the dragon, renamed Delightful, to move from the bridge. This is a story that shows how working together and using one’s own talents can overcome obstacles.  The illustrations, rendered in pen and ink and watercolor with digital touches, perfectly capture the setting of the story and evoke Chinese pen and ink paintings. A lovely story about cooperation and the power of sisters.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a wonderful story for readers who enjoy books set in China and featuring strong girls.  Pair it with The Seven Chinese Sisters by Kathy Tuckerman, The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson and Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges.

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  2/3/19          


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